SF Pride Says “No to War”
The Pride Committee took a strong anti-war position at its most recent meeting. The statement, which appears below was adopted following overwhelming encouragement from the public for SF Pride to take its proper place in the coalition opposing the impending war in Iraq and more broadly in the movement for social justice.
Pride President, Joey Cain said:
“Current U.S. Domestic and Foreign policy is being based upon arrogant unilateralism, racism, and the erosion of civil liberties. These policies are the antithesis of the LGBT, civil rights and social justice movements. We cannot stand by and watch while the gains of the past 40 years are eroded by a climate of scapegoating and short-sighted militarism.”
Discussing the mission of Pride, Executive Director Teddy Witherington said:
“Pride brings together people to celebrate their diversity in an atmosphere of peace and respectwe cannot be true to that mission and not condemn military action against Iraq. Further, we must continue to oppose the current ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy of the United States Military, which restricts the rights of LGBT individuals to serve openly in the armed forces.”
Without eclipsing the other aspects of Pride, there will be a strong anti-war presence at this year’s event. SF Pride is currently working with CUAV and the San Francisco Mime Troupe to organize a performance on the Main Stage, and plans are already underway to include an Out Against the War contingent in the Parade.
This year is the 33rd anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration. The event theme is "You've Gotta Give Them Hope." The event is to be held over the June 28/29 weekend. For more information about the history of San Francisco Pride, please visit our website at: www.sfpride.org/heritage
For further information please contact Teddy Witherington at: (415) 864 0831
Whereas, the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Parade and Celebration brings together people from diverse communities in an atmosphere of peace to celebrate a message based on respect, and
Whereas, the human rights and civil liberties of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender people in the USA which are to be cherished are eroded by a climate of scapegoating and identifying ‘enemies’ who do not sign-on unequivocally to a militaristic agenda, and
Whereas the current Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy retained by the USA restricts the ability of LGBT individuals to serve in the military without jeopardizing an inherent sense of self, and
Whereas, an increase in military spending diminishes resources available for social programs and programs which directly contribute to the well being and advancement of the LGBT community, and
Whereas, San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride is part of a broader movement for social justice, and
Whereas racism, xenophobia and the erosion of civil liberties impair the movement for social justice and all of which conditions are being stimulated on the domestic front by virtue of US foreign policy generally, and specifically in relation to the situation in Iraq, now, therefore be it
That the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee Inc. rejects the contention that war be used to settle differences between governments, says “No To War” and may subscribe the organization to written statements that reflect but which are not limited to this resolution.